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Bryn Dina Bunk House

Fishing with a Group

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As you may already know, fishing is one of the most relaxing, fun, interesting, and challenging sports. It combines the raw elements of the great outdoors with technology developed in urban centers, and better yet, you can go fishing either alone to get away from it all, or head out with a group to enjoy some leisure time together.

At Bryn Dina’s Bunk House, we are certainly well poised to provide you and your group or family with a great fishing experience. We have access to some great little ponds that are perfect to get started on. For those who want a bigger challenge (and bigger fish), some of the river systems nearby, as well as lakes, provide some excellent opportunities to land a beautiful trophy! Just be warned, these more challenging spots do require some hiking to get to (between 2-5km each way depending on the spot), so if you’re heading out to enjoy one of these locations, please plan ahead for some foot travel.

Tips for Fishing in Groups

Our Property

Most of the groups who join us for a day or weekend of fishing are usually families, but we welcome any sort of group. The main reason families tend to join us more is because of the variety of other activities you can participate in at the Bunk House, as well as the beginner ponds located on property. The beginner ponds shouldn’t just be reserved for kids, but really anyone who wants to pick up the sport of fishing. It’s a non-intimidating environment, and having amenities on site helps make the learning process much more comfortable. Once the beginners feel ok with moving on to a more authentic fishing spot, they are welcome to do so as long as they are accompanied by another person. We also kindly ask that you sign in and out when traveling to one of our more remote fishing spots, just so we can make sure everyone comes back before dark, and if not, we will know where to look for you!

Bringing the Kids

Kids are more than welcome at the Bunk House! Most seem to really enjoy using the pond for fishing, and if they get bored or distracted, there are lots of other fun activities to explore as well! However, for those children who are a little more motivated to get out in the wilderness for a true fishing experience, we have our maps laid out according to distance, terrain that you will be traveling over, and type of fishing. The most remote locations are not recommended for children under 12, but we personally find the closer spots are just as good.

Equipment

We do have some rods and reels of different sizes available for rent here at the Bunk House, but please check in ahead of time to book your sets. We only have a limited number, and while we usually have enough on any given day, there have been a few rare instances when fishing has been extra popular and we run out for the day. None of our equipment is considered elite or specialized, but they are good all-around rods for day or weekend use.

As for other fishing equipment, we do have a few different types of fishing line here, but these are for purchase, not rent. The reels on our rods will be pre-spooled, so anything on the spool is free for you to use, but if you want extra we suggest either bringing some extra line or purchasing some when you get here.

In regards to bait and lures, we do not supply either, but please feel free to bring your own. There is also a bait shop about 1 mile away from the Bunk House, so you can grab some on your way in or take a trip out if necessary. Also, don’t forget that worms are a great selection for bait! If you run out or don’t have the means to get to a bait shop on time, lift up some rocks or do a little digging in the dirt and you will surely find some usable bait to try out! We do have some hooks for sale, so if you’re in a pinch for those we can help you out.

Teaming Up with Other Groups or Families

If this doesn’t sound appealing to you, we don’t blame you. If you came to get away from it all, maybe spending time with other parents and children isn’t your cup of tea. That said, we do feel we should mention that groups who team up typically have a great time. You can learn a lot from other fishermen and their styles, strategies, and preferences, and it can make it a great social experience for the kids. Even the adults get more out of it than they think.

For example, last Fall we had a seasoned angler come out with his family and he was having some fun teaching his kids how to fish. Another family joined them, and both the mother and father of that family were avid fishermen. They all tried out each other’s equipment, and when we caught up with the first father we mentioned later in the year, he mentioned how he had started fishing with an ultralight spinning reel much more often after trying out the other folks’ equipment. He’s been having a blast with it ever since!

Plan Ahead for the Weather

The last thing we would like to mention is to plan ahead for poor weather condition. This can consist of two main trains of thought. First, you can plan ahead and think of other activities you would like to do at the Bunk House if it’s raining (we have a lot of indoor activities and covered outdoor spaces). Second, and in our opinion most underrated, is to plan ahead apparel and equipment-wise. I’m a little bias on this point, as I have had some of my best luck fishing when it has been raining. Plus, experiencing all of the elements of the outdoors can be a lot of fun, and heading back to the Bunk House after for a hot coffee/chocolate, a fire, and some night caps can make it all worth it!

Summary

That’s it! Whether it’s with us, on your own, or at a different location, we hope you have a great time fishing. Good luck, and don’t let the big one get away!

Summer Camp Water Activities

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Summer camp is a joy for both kids and adults! Especially for kids as they know that it means that it’ll all be about fun and games till you drop! Worried about expenses? You shouldn’t! You don’t need to go to an expensive camp just to have a blast this summer! There are so many activities that you can do with your friends and families without the need to sign up to expensive summer camps. Here are some summer water camp activities that you and your kids can enjoy!

Swimming

Swimming is the number one summer activity for everyone. When summer comes, everyone’s mind will imagine the beach and of course, no beach visit is complete without swimming.

Swimming is not only a great and fun recreational activity, it’s also a good workout for everyone. It combines cardio and strength training and it’s also low-impact, which means no matter your age and fitness level, you can get started with swimming.

Kids also love it! If your kid doesn’t know how to swim yet, it’s about time they learn! Like what we pointed earlier, swimming is a great way to get fit and doing it regularly can have significant benefits for your kid’s health and safety.

Overall, swimming is a fun way to cool off during summer while also keeping you physically fit. Working out has never been so fun!

Fishing

If you don’t want to get totally wet, but still want to enjoy summer water activities, then fishing is for you. Fishing is simple. You bait your hook and then cast. Then the wait for a fish to bite the bait begins, and once a fish took the bait, it’s time to haul it in! Seems simple? Only those who haven’t experienced fishing yet can say that!

Nothing beats the exhilarating feeling of a wiggling rod! The joy of catching a fish for the first time, especially for a kid can be overwhelming.

Fishing is also a great way to enjoy a breathtaking scenery while relaxing and waiting for your big catch. It can also help you relieve your stress.

Wakeboarding

This is quite an extreme one compared to the others here. But contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take an athletic figure to get started in wakeboarding but be warned that you will fall a lot, but it’s a lot of fun!

If you are not that physically fit, then wakeboarding will help you develop strong body, particularly strong arm, and leg muscles. It will also improve your reaction times and help develop hand to eye coordination.

Before you begin, if you are a total beginner, I advise that you learn hand signals to the boat. It’s one of the most important in terms of safety in wakeboarding.

Snorkeling

Coming face to face with nature has never been so fun! Snorkeling is a great way to observe undersea life. You will be able to see and perhaps even swim with turtles, fishes, manta rays and more! You can also admire coral reefs and other underwater formations.

The first time we did it, we thought that it was scary! But when we actually tried it out, it’s an out of this world experience! Being able to swim with a massive amount of fish, see different species of underwater creatures makes you appreciate nature more and gives a feeling of awe.

Ever since then, we have snorkeling fins and masks with us every time we go on a vacation to a location near beaches and bodies of water, just in case we can snorkel.

Of all the summer camp water activities in this list, snorkeling is probably the most extraordinary and we highly recommend you to try it at least once. Don’t forget reef safe sunscreen – to keep your skin and the reefs safe.

Check Out our New App for Booking our Camp!

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We love camping and we love it when people get the same excitement and thrills.  Now, we also know that sometimes, booking for our camps can be a bit cumbersome sometimes. In an attempt to keep you from such unnecessary hassle, we present our new app for booking our camp.

The App Design

The design is simple, somewhat minimalistic, and modern.  It is definitively user-friendly and with the appropriate colors.  The sleek look makes the buttons clickable and the entire application intuitive.

Thanks to AY App Development, we were able to obtain an application that is both beautiful and versatile.  It is so easy to use that you will find it a breeze to go through all the sections.

Upon start, you will find a nice list of all the perks and features of your application.  You will love the fading when it moves from one place to the other.  So far, we have not received complaints of it freezing or getting stuck.

Features

You must be asking yourself by now what it is that you can do with such beautifully designed app.  Let´s list the most important sections and how we consider them to be super practical.

  • The booking page.  This is the most important part of the booking process, obviously.  The registry page allows you to sign up to our site.  This will allow you to connect with other campers and enjoy exclusive benefits for members.  The registration includes the dates where camp will take place.
  • A nice calendar with the date of camping and other fun activities we have in plans.  You can even tap on a date and get details of the upcoming event.
  • We invite you to visit the About section to learn a little more about us.
  • The application also offers you the ability to pay in advance or any time within the assigned time frame for completing payments.   As with the physical admin offices, we accept the major credit cards.

Benefits of Booking our camp Through our App

There are so many benefits of using our app, so we are very happy to invite you to give it a try.  Check out all the perks you get from booking our camp through our app.

  • You get a 10% discount on your first booking through the app.  This benefit is applied straight through the application and only through it.
  • Not only will you get this initial benefit but we are constantly having raffles for special free treats during our camps.  You must just stay tuned to learn more.
  • It is super convenient and easy.  You do not have to sign contracts or deal with hidden fees.  You just find a date, input your basic information, and your payment method.  One of our representatives will call you right away to confirm your purchase.  The application or servers do not store your information.

So, what are you waiting for?  Adventures that include scavenger hunting, swimming, dancing, and many other things are waiting for you!  Download our app and take a look by yourself.

VIsit our camp virtually with our new 3D photo tour!

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Would you like to come visit our camp without even coming?  Well, now you can!  We have made a pretty cool innovation to our website.  Via a 3D photo tour, it is as if you were coming to our camp.  We believe this is a pretty amazing tool that you will all enjoy.

What is a 3D Photo Tour

A 3D Photo Tour is a photographic image that allows you to move the picture around in order to see all dimensions of a space.  It is really great since it allows you to navigate freely and from the comfort of your home.  In other words, this is a 360° panoramic picture.

Using your cursor or your finger, you can now visit our camp without even coming to it.  So now you can merely grab a seat, get some cookies and milk (careful not to spill it over your laptop!) and enjoy the tour.  While you are at it, we invite you to go over each feature and picture yourself in it.  It will surely be a pleasant experience.

Benefits of a 3D Photo Tour

Let´s outline the many benefits that you get when you visit our camp via 3D Photo Tour:

  • A more stunning visual experience than what you get with normal photography.  Instead of having only one section of the camp, you get to have the whole experience at your own will.
  • You can actually move the photo to whatever part of the camp you like.  This allows you to experience every part all the time you want.  You can virtually just now stand and stare at something all the time you want without looking weird or creepy.  ¿Are you a father concerned with the hygiene of the girl´s room?  You can go in now without feeling guilty!
  • Saving money is very important as well.  Our 3D Photo Tour experience allows you to avoid costs of having to come over.  Plus, if you are sending your kids, you don´t have to get off and walk around all over the camp inspecting, while dropping bullying bombs on your kids.
  • As another plus for you, this places more pressure on us since as we need to commit to offering you the great experience that you expect from what you saw on the photography.

What to expect

There are many more exciting things coming to our website.  This 3D photography tour definitively offers you an experience that makes us proud of our excellent services.  Once again, you can expect equal quality in our facilities as well as our service.

We believe that the decision of hiring the best Real Estate Photography service was the best decision.  We have had a better response from the audiences since we added our photography tour.

How focusing on SEO caused a 50% increase in new camp signups

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We had heard about what SEO is about but we never thought it could apply to us.  But when the idea was presented to us, we thought, why not?  Now we believe it was a great idea.

Where we were

We were getting a decent amount of sign ups.  But then we thought we were not getting enough.  Our camp is a decent one and we saw that our demographics were wide.  This means that the number of people we were able to reach was enough to make more profit, even when it was a very little percentage of the surrounding population.

When we started this process, we had to put down our numbers.  Not that they were bleak but then it was not what we had aimed for when we started this business.  We were hardly sustainable and we were ambitious for more.

Where we wanted to be

So, we started to delve a little more into SEO.  But we first started with setting goals.  But we went very strategically.  Because you see, one important thing that we learned is that the strategy that probably worked for one company, will not necessarily work for us.  We had to give it a more scientific approach.

We set the goal of increasing the number of signups to our camp by 75% in ninety days.  Yes, it was ambitious but not reckless.  We set that amount after breaking it into parts and deciding how many subscribers we should get by week in order to get there.

Our move

When we realized what people were looking into, we decide to go and check what were the terms that people usually search for when looking for camping options.  Then our almost abandoned website started to get some “pimpin'”.  We hired a web developer.  We came to an interesting agreement with him, actually.

Using the keywords we had collected and analyzed through analytics tools, we started to create content that we thought would help our newly furbished website rank in searches.  We really wanted to go organic on this one so we focused our efforts on creating the most amazing content. Things that people would actually relate to and share.

So, we went on using our SEO increasing as more traffic was generated.  We even got some backlinks here and there.  It was truly an awesome experience.

Where we are now

In ninety days time, we were able to increase our signups more than 50%.  It was not the desired 75% but this experience allowed us to get there more smoothly in the future.  Our experience with SEO optimization has helped us face the future with a better attitude.

If you wish to have professional information and help regarding a marketing strategy for your business, the best SEO Vancouver can help you.  You will be getting nice and unexpected results quicker than you think.

Check out the new outdoor fireplace we installed by the bunkhouse cafeteria!

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DIY projects are always a lot of fun. If your good with your hand sand like a challenge then they’re little better than an outdoor project that will get everyone involved. This summer we decided to add something extra to our bunkhouse cafeteria that would really make it a special place. After some thought, we finally decided on an outdoor fireplace.

It would provide the perfect setting for bringing everyone around while allowing us to stay warm on late nights when those temperatures can really drop. If you’re also thinking of something to add to your home then I couldn’t recommend this project enough. Just know that unless you have experiences with masonry projects and the right tools you’re going to run into a lot of problems and waste a great deal of time and effort. I would recommend Centuria Masonry for all masonry projects in the Vancouver area. Fortunately, a few of us had the expertise to carry it out ourselves. Read on to see how we did it

Step 1. Clearing and setting the foundations

Once we’d chosen the location and cleared the area we began digging to lay the foundations. Since it would be near the bunkhouse the chimney would need to reach high and be built solid for safety. Laying deep foundations so was vital. The higher you build, the more solid the foundations must be, as the fireplace will be really heavy.

Step 2. Set the base and build the firebox

With a strong foundation set, we next began to lay a base on which to construct the firebox. A solid block of 4″ was enough. Once set we began on the bricklaying. When setting firebricks, it’s very important that they are kept level and square so it looks right.

Step 3. Building the throat

This was a tricky part and where previous masonry experience really showed. The opening needs to be closed off to form the exit for the flue. By cobbling the bricks, we closed it off until we were left with a small opening. We used a steel angle iron to hold the bricks in place while the mortar set.

Step 4. Raising the flute

Once the mortar was set we began on the flute. We placed our first liner in a bed of mortar and slid the flute over it. This was repeated until we had the desired height.

Step 5. Set the stones

We all had fun with this part. We had already selected the stones to use and began to the process of setting them up around the fireplace. We wanted a natural look to suit the surroundings so we only used stone rather than bricks. Each one was set in mortar and then stacked together. One stone over two and two over one. All the spaces between the stones were filled with mortar to make it as solid as possible. Once the mortar has set it was raked from the joints and the stones polished smooth so they looked as natural as possible.

Cold nights aren’t so cold now with our new fireplace. It’s proven a magnet for everyone not to mention bonding us better from completing a project together.

Teaching Kids to Use Bows at Camp Can be Challenging

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As kids are more and more attached to electronic gadget, it has become more challenging to get them to enjoy the outdoors. Archery instructors will tell you that it has become more difficult to teach kids to use the bow at camps. Despite best bow reviews, the challenge goes on and there seems to be no way you can get their attention from the gadgets.

When the outdoor has to compete with technology, the gadget is sure to win. While technology is not bad perse, its common knowledge that kids don’t spend half the time their parents did outdoors. What are the chances that kids these days don’t know anything about the best single pin bow sight?

But despite the difficulty, its important to teach your kids bow hunting. If you want to teach them how to hunt for food instead of just buying from the grocery store, or if you want to teach them about meat conservation, bow hunting is the way to go.

Archery Games to the Rescue

To make kids interested in archery, some camps employ the concept of archery games. While maintaining bow safety, camps make it a point to make training fun for the kids. This way, they have a better chance at competing with electronic gadgets in capturing and maintaining the attention of the kids.

Archery games allow kids to learn the intricacies of the sport before they are old enough to try the real world bow hunting. They will also be exposed to the men and women who make a living bow hunting who are more than willing to share their experience with the sport that they love. They also offer mentoring to make your kids learning experience faster and exciting.

Although it can be challenging to teach your kids at the camp, there are creative ways to make them love archery and bow hunting and spend some time outdoors. While gadgets are not that bad perse, kids need to spend time outdoors and produce some sweat. This way, they can avoid illenesses associated with over eating and sedentary lifestyle.

Expose your kids to archery and see the positive result it will give their lives. They will learn an exciting real world sports, they will also develop real world skills. Ask from the nearest camp near you of game schedule or training schedule and enroll your kids.

Why Kids should try Kneeboarding instead of Wakeboarding

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Looking for a great fun activity for your kids this summer season? There are too many water sports activity to try out there. Many people are into wakeboarding.  However if your kid is just starting out to learn a water sport, kneeboarding is a good one to start.

In order for you to understand why letting your kid try kneeboarding is better than wakeboarding, let’s check out what’s really the deal between these two awesome water sporting activity.

Why Kneeboarding?

If it’s for your kids to try the first time, kneeboarding is much easier to learn. Unlike wakeboarding, where a good sense of balance and strength is needed to balance yourself on top of the board. Kneeboarding is super easy because the kids will only need to sit, in a somewhat kneeling position, while holding on the rope handle. It is easier to balance and to keep themselves from falling.

The board used for kneeboarding even built with tow hooks as a handle that can be used to keep themselves stable on top the moment the boat starts to move. When starting out, it is important that you make arrangement for someone with a motor boat to use and always check out is the wake of boat works for kneeboarding.  I Got A Boat has tons of suggestions for you to check out.

Kneeboarding Tips and Ideas

Before you even get to let your kids try kneeboarding, make sure to make him ready enough for it. Not only physically but mentally as well. Though it may be a lot easier than wakeboarding, it can be challenging at first. There might be a need to have him attend a simple class to teach him the basics. You can find some professional kneeboarding enthusiast that will be able to assist him to get started.

It is also important that you think more about safety. You might also need to provide your kid with proper clothing and gear to make sure that he’s good to go on his first kneeboarding adventure. Helmet, gloves is possible, life vest, etc. Remember that safety is always important when it comes to any water sporting activity.

It would be important as well if you’d be there to cheer him up. Other than an instructor to guide him, your support is even more important. Someone will be able to assist him with all the in and outs of kneeboarding, but your presence might give him more push. Then you can slightly disappear if you think he’s already getting it.

Water Sports for Kids

It is important that we let the kids do some water sporting activity at an early age. It will make them become more competitive as they grow. It’s also a good form of exercise to keep them active and healthy. It’s also a good way to make them more sociable and would be able to gain more friends over time.

So instead of wakeboarding, let him get started with kneeboarding for a simple yet fun water sports adventure this coming summer.

 

How professional business photos increased our camp attendance

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Every time we go camping, we get hundreds of pictures from our camp attendees.  This is one moment in a lifetime that everyone wants to remember and capture.  All the adventures, the activities, the startling moments, the learning, everything.  As camp organizers, there were two things that we realized:

  1. In general, people loves to camp and take pictures of it to relive the moments.
  2. Not many people come to camp (at least not as many as we wish), either because they don´t know about it or they simply don´t see themselves signing up for one.

So there we had two situations that had called our attention.  We then envisioned that tackling these two would bring about a pretty favorable outcome:  more camp attendees.

The Plan

So we sat down at the planning table.  The first thing to do was think about the photography.  Our first idea was to simply pull out our phone, or our finest photographic camera at best and take pictures of the events and place them online.

It was funny but we noticed how pictures on websites looked so lavish and it seemed to be that no matter how we placed them or ourselves, pictures simply did not look enthralling.  Plus, we already had such lousy pictures and they did not make the site look professional, at all.

So then we decided that we should try a professional real estate photography to help us.  At first, it felt like a long shot and a risk.  However, we would soon learn that it was a great leap.

The execution

So we hired a professional photographer to take photos on our next camp.  We bargained an exceptional deal and along he came with us to camp.  When we saw the pics, we were mesmerized.  The quality of these photos was a far cry from what we had been handling.

Once camp was over, we decided to remove the execrable ones we had taken.  Now, all we had to do was use these photos for our social media.  We used one of all camp attendees as our Facebook banner picture.  We placed some promotional art on the others and we basically poured out everything there.  Our Instagram had never seen so crispy before!

The Result

We first began to notice that our Instagram was getting more likes. The impact caused by these glossy pics was actually interesting.  Our faithful followers and campers were nice enough to give us good comments.  It is amazing what that kind of UGC can do to your brand.

Our pleasant surprise was that on our next camp, we had a 27% increase in our attendees.   This spiked up to 36% the next time.  We were sufficiently satisfied with the results to hire a real estate photography service again.

Fun Outdoor Activities for Groups

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Going outdoors with some of your friends or with your entire family is a total fun. Can you imagine how much fun you can make when you can do tons of activities outdoors are a group?

There are too many activities that you can do when you’re out there. You just have to make sure about some things such as the location you’re in, the stuff that you need to bring and the people who would be playing the game. If you want to have the most awesome fun activities outdoors, it is important that you make some planning and make a good list of some of the options. That way you are able to prepare if you need to bring some equipment with you.

Fun Outdoor Activities

Consider you all are adults. Then let’s check out some of the best activities that you all can do.

If you are into some extreme sports and since you’re also probably out there for a camp, playing a tomahawk throwing game is one of your options. This is even very common for hunters, campers and outdoors enthusiasts. You just have to bring some good military tomahawks and axes that you can use. Just be sure that everyone is up for it and put safety first.

For sports enthusiasts, you can also play some great ball sports activities such as football, volleyball and baseball. Since it would require a good number of players, it would perfectly for group campers. With these activities however, you will need to bring some equipment with you to play the game. So you need to decide before you even step out of the house.

If you are with your entire family, and that would mean you have your little ones with you, then you need to plan out for a different kinds of games and activities. There are so many outdoor activities that you can do as a group, while letting the kids to join the fun. Some of the activities that you can do are capture the flag, sack race, hide and seek, tug of war. There are still tons of them out there. Write them all, and see which ones to play and prepare the tools and equipment that you need to bring.

Outdoor Fun

You sure know that going outdoors or for a camp with your entire family and group is great. The outdoors offer a lot of fun. And it’s up for you to make the most out of it. If you also wanted to have the most amazing outdoor adventure, it is important that you think about safety as well. If possible, bring with you some stuff that would help you along the way. You can get more ideas from www.tacxtactical.com if you need to.

It’s always fun to be outdoors. As long you make the most appropriate preparation, you shouldn’t be missing anything. Make the most out of you outdoor experience. Something that you might look forward to and the group. Pick out some of the best and fun activities that you can do today.